Actually, what I really think is people who can't help themselves out of their own circumstances - be it drug addiction, lack of education or a victim in the vicious cycle of poverty, no amount of money can make them do what only they themselves can do to change their own circumstances.<quoted text>
Evidently you think the same people who were poor then are poor now. You think the poor live in the exact same conditions then as now.
Helping the poor is one thing. Providing a safety net is one thing.
But simply creating dependency on the backs of others is not helping anyone.